Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

President Donald Trump Asks NFL Players for Recommendations on Who to Pardon

President Donald Trump Asks NFL Players for Recommendations on Who to Pardon

The president spoke directly to a number of team owners, with at least one, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, saying that Trump had influenced him to rescind his support for players who protested during the anthem. Friends of theirs or people they know about and I'm going to take a look at those applications.

Trump's plan was floated in a larger speech about pardons, where the President also floated the idea of posthumously pardoning boxer Muhammed Ali for dodging the Vietnam War draft, though his conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1971.

Instead, he held a White House celebration that included the anthem.

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Author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson appeared on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed" Friday to talk about the National Anthem protests and activism in the NFL. This after recent disclosures that multiple owners had direct talks with Trump about players kneeling during the national anthem. "I don't like that", Trump said Friday, also insisting that players should not remain in the locker room when the "Star Spangled Banner" is playing.

51 percent support the National Football League policy requiring players on the field stand for the anthem. The vice-president had walked out of an Indianapolis Colts game previous year after players on the field knelt in silent protest during the anthem in what may have been a pre-planned political stunt.

He said his staff was examining some 3,000 cases of people who might deserve clemency.

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Some have seen the pardons as sending a message to former campaign aides now ensnared in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election or in other legal inquiries, including Trump's longtime lawyer and legal "fixer" Michael Cohen, whose finances are under federal investigation. Trump did mention that he will likely invite the Washington Capitals, who just won the Stanley Cup last night. This comes just a few days after the Eagles' White House visit, when Trump, in part, cited differing viewpoints on protests during the national anthem.

"I don't have to do it, never did anything wrong", Trump said.

The president also previously has said players who kneel during the anthem should be fired.

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But the president said he hoped more cases would be in the model of Alice Marie Johnson, a black woman who was serving a life sentence for a first-time drug offense before he commuted her sentence.

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